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Vancouver Women’s Health Collective

Facilitating Self-Help Workshops

Publication type: 
Training / Education Manual
Agency: 
Vancouver Women's Health Collective (VWHC)
Date: 
1984
Pages: 
27
Summary: 
A manual designed by the Vancouver Women's Health Collective (VWHC) on facilitating self-help workshops. The manual includes an introduction of the concept of self help, the role of the facilitator in a self-help workshop, and tips for setting up a workshop or group. The remainder of the manual is comprised of detailed outlines for facilitating different workshops on women's health, including workshops on breast health, cervical and vaginal health, DES, menopause, and premenstrual syndrome (PMS).
Keywords: 
Vancouver Women's Health Collective (VWHC); women and health; women's health; self help; self-help workshops; awareness raising; discussion forum; community-based health; health information dissemination; gender-based analysis; gender and health; workshop; breast health; vaginal health; DES exposure; menopause; premenstrual syndrome (PMS)

How to Give a Workshop

Publication type: 
Training / Education Manual
Agency: 
Vancouver Women's Health Collective (VWHC)
Pages: 
24
Summary: 
This training manual outlines different strategies and things to consider before giving a workshop. Developed by the Vancouver Women's Health Collective (VWHC), it is a shorter manual with sections included from the longer VWHC publication "Women talking about health; getting started with workshops and groups" (1988), as well as other resources. The manual addresses the role of the facilitator, publicizing an event, how to go about providing an empowering space for audiences, strategies for participation, and methods for evaluation of the workshop (both self evaluation and peer evaluation). Checklists for preparation up to and including the day of the workshop are included, as are samples of evaluations for participants and facilitators. Finally, the manual is accompanied by an 8-page collection of different examples for role-playing exercises, on the topic of menopause.
Keywords: 
Vancouver Women's Health Collective (VWHC); women and health; women's health; self help; self-help workshops; awareness raising; discussion forum; community-based health; health information dissemination; gender-based analysis; gender and health; workshop; workshop facilitation

Menopause: A Self Help Approach

Publication type: 
Training / Education Manual
Agency: 
Vancouver Women's Health Collective (VWHC)
Date: 
1999
Pages: 
30
Summary: 
The Menopause Kit, put together by the Vancouver Women's Health Collective (VWHC), includes information about menopause, its symptoms, herbal, non-medicinal, and self-help methods of alleviating the symptoms of menopause. The kit also includes a menopause chart, a list of resources on menopause available at the VWHC, information on hormone replacement therapy (HRT), hysterectomy, and sexuality in relation to menopause, and poems on women and menopause. Rather than treating menopause as a disease, the VWHC encourages women to see the positive and empowering aspects of menopause, through the self help approach to dealing with this phase of a woman's life.
Keywords: 
Vancouver Women's Health Collective (VWHC); women and health; women's health; self help; menopause; herbal; complementary therapy; alternative therapy; holistic; gender-based analysis; awareness raising; aging; hormone replacement therapy (HRT)

Vancouver Women's Health Collective: Free Health Information and Counselling Services for Women

Publication type: 
Brochure / Leaflet / Pamphlet / Information Sheet
Agency: 
Vancouver Women's Health Collective (VWHC)
Date: 
1988
Pages: 
1
Summary: 
A brochure describing some of the resources available at the Vancouver Women's Health Collective (VWHC), including their health files, library, practitioner and therapist directory, counselling services, pregnancy testing, cervical cap and diaphragm fitting, and workshops. The brochure also includes some information on how the VWHC began as an organization, and their belief in self help and the active participation of women in their health care.
Keywords: 
Vancouver Women's Health Collective (VWHC); women and health; women's health; health information dissemination; women's organizations; feminist organization; self help

New! Improved! Vancouver Women's Health Collective

Publication type: 
Poster
Agency: 
Vancouver Women's Health Collective (VWHC)
Date: 
1978
Pages: 
1
Summary: 
A poster inviting women to the new and improved Vancouver Women's Health Collective (VWHC), after a period of evaluation and change. The poster details the hours of the diaphragm-fitting clinic and the self-help clinic. The quality of the poster is poor as the glue has seeped through the paper, distorting the text somewhat.
Keywords: 
Vancouver Women's Health Collective (VWHC); women and health; women's health; feminist organization; women's organizations; self-help clinic; community-based health;

Vancouver Women's Diaphragm Fitters Collective

Publication type: 
Brochure / Leaflet / Pamphlet / Information Sheet
Agency: 
Vancouver Women's Health Collective (VWHC)
Pages: 
1
Summary: 
A leaflet produced by the Vancouver Women's Diaphragm Fitters Collective, a group of lay women who fit women with diaphragms at the Vancouver Women's Health Collective self help clinic. The leaflet was produced to accompany an information sheet on diaphragms from the San Francisco Women's Centre, and includes information on the success rates of diaphragms, information on spermicides, the type of diaphragms they recommend, etc.
Keywords: 
Vancouver Women's Health Collective (VWHC); women and health; women's health; birth control; diaphragm; feminist organization; self help; self-help clinic; health information dissemination; community-based health;

Vancouver Women's Health Collective presents Menopause, Birth Control and PMS workshops

Publication type: 
Poster
Agency: 
Vancouver Women's Health Collective (VWHC)
Date: 
1987
Pages: 
1
Summary: 
A poster inviting women to attend a series of three workshops presented by the Vancouver Women's Health Collective (VWHC), on menopause, birth control and premenstrual syndrome (PMS).
Keywords: 
Vancouver Women's Health Collective (VWHC); women and health; women's health; birth control; menopause; premenstrual syndrome (PMS); health information dissemination; women's health movement; discussion forum; self help; awareness raising; women's organizations; workshop

Have you considered using a diaphragm?

Publication type: 
Poster
Agency: 
Vancouver Women's Health Collective (VWHC)
Date: 
1980s
Pages: 
1
Summary: 
A poster inviting women to the Vancouver Women's Health Collective diaphragm-fitting clinic. The poster suggests that diaphragm's are a safe, effective method of birth control, they are woman-controlled, and they offer "a way of becoming more in touch with your body." The collective provides free fittings, re-checks, instruction on cervical self-exams, etc.
Keywords: 
Vancouver Women's Health Collective (VWHC); diaphragm; birth control; feminist organization; women's organizations; self help; self-help clinic; awareness raising; gender-based analysis

Minutes of the General Meeting of the Vancouver Women's Health Collective Society February 10, 1974

Publication type: 
Conference / Meeting Proceedings
Agency: 
Vancouver Women's Health Collective
Date: 
1974-02-10
Pages: 
1
Summary: 
Meeting minutes of the Vancouver Women's Health Collective (VWHC) General meeting, 1974. This is one of the earliest records of minutes in the VWHC collection of material, and includes references to the VWHC's relationship with Rape Relief, their shared space, the VWHC's phone line services (requests for general health information as well as abortion referrals), the eviction of the VWHC's self-help clinic from their current location and their consideration of other spaces, "imaging" work for the VWHC, their move to a house on John street, and their newsletter.
Keywords: 
Vancouver Women's Health Collective (VWHC); women's health; feminist organization; women's organizations; women's movement; women's health movement; Vancouver Rape Relief; community services; training; abortion; volunteer; self-help clinic; newsletter;

The Truth

Publication type: 
Brochure / Leaflet / Pamphlet / Information Sheet
Pages: 
1
Summary: 
A sheet of facts about women in the health care system, produced by the Vancouver Women's Health Collective (VWHC). The information in the leaflet suggests that women undergo unnecessary procedures, receive unnecessary drugs, and suffer from illnesses as a result of inadequate research and funding for women's health.
Keywords: 
Vancouver Women's Health Collective (VWHC0; women; breast cancer; cancer; gender-based analysis; inequality; research; prescription drugs; health care workers; hysterectomy; doctors

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